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Marysville Railroad Covered Bridge 38-22-27x / 38-50-42x


replica of Lady Liberty on a pier from the Marysville Bridge

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in July 2009


BH Photo #169291


SOURCE: Wikipedia "As the Northern Central Railway built north up the Susquehanna River from Baltimore, Maryland to the coal regions, it had to cross from the west to the east bank of the Susquehanna. The chosen crossing site was at the Dauphin Narrows, between Marysville on the west and Dauphin on the east. The bridge was finished in 1858, allowing the Northern Central to haul coal from Sunbury, Pennsylvania to Baltimore. However, the construction of a line from Dauphin to Rockville and the takeover of the Northern Central by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1875 resulted in most Northern Central traffic being rerouted over the PRR's Rockville Bridge a short distance downstream.

The Marysville Bridge was allowed to fall into decay, and removed in 1902 or 1903 after a period of disuse. Some of the piers remain above water today, while others are submerged or washed away."

Source: PRR Triumph VII, Roberts & Messer, 2004: Construction of masonry piers begun by McCallum, Bristol & Co. 1853 for Susquehanna Railroad (extension of the Baltimore & Susquehanna). Work suspended upon formation of Northern central Railway, resumed 1857, completed by Gustavas Nagle July 1858. Fire burned ten of 19 spans April 3, 1872; at least two of the wooden spans were replaced with iron spans. Bridge abandoned after 1882 in favor of Rockville Bridge downstream; dismantled 1884, with one iron span relocated to Williamsport.

Source: Sixth Annual Report of the President and Directors of the Northern Central Railway Co. to the Stockholders for the year 1860: Table D of the Supervisor's report shows the bridge as built in 1857 as a McCallum Truss with 21 spans at a total length of 3,812 feet. This McCallum truss version of the bridge was uncovered and pre-dated the Howe and Arch truss version of the bridge. Probably due to being uncovered, it had a very short life span (or it may have been the bridge that burned in the 1872 fire - unclear).

An 18-foot Statue of Liberty replica was erected clandestinely at night on the most intact pier remnant on July 2, 1986, just before the 100th anniversary of the original Statue of Liberty, by a group of local residents. In 1992, the original statue, made cheaply with plaster, Venetian blind slats, and a stolen highway sign flasher for a "torch," was destroyed by weather and replaced with a 25-foot fiberglass-based replica.


Lost bridge over Susquehanna River on Northern Central Railway
Dauphin, Perry County, Pennsylvania, and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Built 1858, superstructure removed in 1884 with only the piers remaining
- Gustavus Wilhelm Nagle of Hamburg, Germany
- Northern Central Railway (NCRY)
Howe Truss/Burr Arch thru truss covered railroad bridge. Vertical Howe-type iron rods in addition to Burr arch. Due to flooding some of the original wooden arches were replaced by wrought-iron trusses. Center span was iron to serve as a firebreak.
Total length: 3,823.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Also called
Northern Central Rockville Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.36050, -76.92900   (decimal degrees)
40°21'38" N, 76°55'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/336205/4469556 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harrisburg West
Inventory numbers
WGCB 38-22-27x / 38-50-42x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 43908 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2019: New photo from Todd Clark
  • November 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Northern Central Railway"
  • June 4, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added/corrected history and details from railroad history book
  • June 5, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and related details
  • September 19, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • July 7, 2010: New photo from Jodi Christman



Marysville Railroad Covered Bridge 38-22-27x / 38-50-42x
Posted February 28, 2018, by Don Alleman (dfirecop [at] aol [dot] com)

Pictures from 11-15-2016. House built against bridge piers. Taken with permission of property owner.

Marysville Bridge
Posted November 27, 2013, by Joe Ryan (ryan90274 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks for the info. Do you know where I can find an image of the Marysville bridge and an image of the Rockville bridge as they existed in their original form?